ETHOS Treatment Adds Two Executives to Leadership Team

Michael Santoro named Vice President of Finance; Katelyn Fisher appointed Director of Operations

ETHOS Treatment, LLC, a leading provider of care for individuals and families who struggle with substance use disorder and/or mental health issues, is pleased to announce the addition of two executives. Michael Santoro has been named Vice President of Finance, and Katelyn Fisher has been named Director of Operations. As members of the leadership team, Santoro and Fisher will help drive the organization’s growth and development as the region’s premier Intensive Outpatient Programs provider.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to the team,” said co-founder and CCO, Michael Blanche MSS, LCSW, “His deep understanding of financial management and strategic planning will be instrumental as we continue to grow and enhance our services to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

Santoro has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and finance across diverse industries, serving in roles of increasing responsibility with companies ranging from $700M to $2B in revenue.

Fisher also brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new position, including seven years in client-facing roles supporting children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. As Director of Operations, she is committed to leveraging her expertise to drive organizational excellence and ensure the delivery of high-quality services to those in need.

“Kate’s multifaceted experience across client care, intake, billing, and operations, along with her adaptability and strategic mindset, have equipped her with a holistic understanding of the behavioral health landscape,” added Blanche.

Santoro earned a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University and an MBA in Finance from Boston College. Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University.

ETHOS Treatment LLC Expands Programs to Include Services for Adolescent Patients at its Reading-area Location in Wyomissing

​​ETHOS Treatment LLC, a leading provider of care for individuals and families who struggle with substance use disorder and/or mental health issues, is expanding its programs to include services for adolescent patients at its Reading-area location in Wyomissing.

“There is a pressing need for specialized care tailored for individuals aged 13-18,” said Dan Appel MAMS, the clinician who will lead this program. “Treating adolescents has become more complicated over the last 10-20 years in part due to technology, social media, and other social pressures, but the good news is it has also become much more socially acceptable to seek treatment.”

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at ETHOS will offer weekly groups of 10 individuals. This small-group setting ensures a supportive environment where adolescents can engage meaningfully with their peers and receive the attention they deserve from experienced therapists.

“Research shows the importance of downregulating the nervous system, and we work to give adolescents the tools to achieve this. There has always been a need for this population, and until now there have not been enough resources in Berks County,” said Co-Founder and CCO Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW. 

The IOP for adolescents at ETHOS offers an array of services tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. The program includes thorough assessments, individual and small group therapy sessions, and family therapy, recognizing the importance of family support and involvement in the recovery process. 

“Our unique IOP approach helps clients overcome obstacles and ensures they benefit from needed structure, stability, consistency, and accountability,” added Blanche.   

ETHOS also coordinates closely with schools and school-mandated substance use treatment programs and provides psychiatric assessments. 

“Our patients have school and family obligations, so outpatient therapy enables them to meet the demands of normal life and apply the skills they learn in real-world settings,” concluded Appel. “This can be a life-changing experience, as we aim to blunt issues before individuals reach adulthood, bringing happiness into our patients’ lives.”  

Currently, there is no waitlist for adolescents throughout the ETHOS Treatment LLC system. Contact us today at 267-669-0300. 

Mike Flanagan Named Senior Vice President, Business Development  to Support Ongoing Rapid Growth

Mike Flanagan Named Senior Vice President, Business Development to Support Ongoing Rapid Growth

Healthcare executive brings more than 20 years of experience to one of the region’s fastest-growing behavioral health organizations

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA (March 4, 2024) — ETHOS Treatment, LLC has named Mike Flanagan Senior Vice President of Business Development. The Company has experienced rapid expansion, growing to seven locations, telehealth services, and over 40 counselors in the past few years.  Flanagan will continue to drive ETHOS’ growth as the Company executes plans to expand into new markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic and U.S in the coming years.

“With his deep expertise in healthcare, particularly around innovation, business planning, and growth strategies, Mike adds a whole new dimension to our leadership team,” said Brendan Young, CEO and co-founder. “The growth we have been experiencing is great confirmation of our disruptive model, and we are just getting started.  He will play a critical role as we continue our rapid expansion into new markets, delivering the type of care our clients need, when they need it.”

ETHOS has a unique, disruptive model for the delivery of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).  IOP are an alternative to inpatient services for patients who do not require a full-time, facility treatment regimen. Some of the main benefits of IOP are cost compared to inpatient services, which can be 10 times or more, along with the patient’s ability to receive services while still in their real-life settings. 

“Some IOP programs have been the subject of negativity in a few markets around out-of-network and questionable billing practices, and counselor burnout,” added Young.  “ETHOS’ disruptive model is designed to ensure clients receive timely assistance in overcoming obstacles and benefit from needed structure, stability, consistency, and accountability. The Company does this by aggressively investing in the people providing care, putting them in the best position to deliver the best experience and outcomes to the patient.”

“Our goal is to interrupt self-destructive routines with healthy ones, breaking the cycle of a mental health or substance use issue,” added Michael Blanche, Chief Clinical Officer and co-founder, “And like you or I, our clients have school, work, and family obligations, so outpatient therapy enables them to meet the demands of normal life and apply the skills they learn in real-world settings. We do this through a disruptive model that supports everyone in the process, counselors, non-clinical staff, and patients, where we are helping people help people.”

With outpatient treatment centers in Philadelphia, West Chester, Plymouth Meeting, Collegeville, Broomall, Jenkintown, Wyomissing and Telehealth, ETHOS helps adults and adolescents with mental health issues and substance use disorders through IOP, individual counseling, small group, and family therapy, all of which maximize the potential for long-term, sustainable recovery.  Several locations also offer specialty programs for people with gambling disorders, eating disorders, as well as groups specifically for first responders and people who have experienced trauma.

“The ETHOS mission of ‘helping people help people’ truly resonates with me and is an incredible value proposition in the market,” Flanagan said.  “Our differentiated, people-centric model that allows clinicians to focus on high-quality care that best supports our patients’ healing journeys is a mission I am thrilled to be a part of and help grow.”

Prior to joining ETHOS, Flanagan was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Growth at Change Healthcare and a Vice President/General Manager at McKesson Corporation. Earlier, Flanagan was part of the senior team that led Portico Systems and positioned the company for acquisition by McKesson. 

“Mike is a metrics- and data-driven professional who understands how to scale mission-based organizations,” said Ned Moore, Board Member and co-founder. “His diverse background in healthcare including financial management, product development, and go-to-market strategies gives him a unique lens through which to help us grow our truly unique model and serve our clients as they work to achieve long-term, sustainable recovery.”

ETHOS Treatment Recognized Among Region’s Fastest-Growing Businesses

Company treating mental health, substance-use disorders named to Soaring 76, Philadelphia 100 lists

PHILADELPHIA, PA — ETHOS Treatment LLC’s remarkable success over the past three years has earned the company places on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Soaring 76 and the Philadelphia100® lists, both of which honor the fastest-growing businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region. 

With outpatient treatment centers in Philadelphia, West Chester, Plymouth Meeting, Collegeville, Broomall, Jenkintown, and Wyomissing, ETHOS helps adults and teens with mental health issues and substance use disorders through individual counseling, small group, and family therapy.  

Several locations also host programs for people with gambling disorders, as well as groups specifically for first responders and men who have experienced trauma. 

“Despite our quick growth, we are fully committed to individualized, 100% client-centric care,” says ETHOS Co-Founder & Chief Clinical Officer A. Michael Blanche MSS, LCSW. “The key to ETHOS’s success has been the standard of manageable caseloads for our licensed therapists, allowing time for truly individualized care.” 

To keep care focused on what clients need, when they need it, ETHOS maintains a firm separation between the clinical and operational sides of the organization.  

“The ETHOS model allows clinicians to spend all their time caring for clients while businesspeople run the office,” says ETHOS Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Brendan Young. “Clinicians love this care- and client-centric system this model, which enables us to attract — and keep — the best talent, which in turn helps our clients heal.”

ETHOS Launches Group for Women Experiencing Trauma and Suffering from Substance Use Disorder

Group Led by Certified Trauma Clinician Cait Kish

WEST CHESTER, PA — ETHOS Treatment, LLC, which helps adults and teens with mental health issues and substance use disorders through a proven combination of individual counseling, small group, and family therapy, is now offering an in-person and telehealth hybrid group for adult women who struggle with trauma and substance use disorder.

“This group will help participants identify with other women and their experiences as we tackle the complications of trauma and its effects in early recovery,” explains Cait Kish, the clinician leading the group. Kish is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) with more than a decade of experience in mental health and substance use disorder healing.

In addition to an eclectic mix of therapies, Kish utilizes humor, compassion, mindfulness, music, and psychoeducation to help clients shed old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve while building new supports and insights.

The Women’s Trauma Group is a Daytime Intensive Outpatient Program that meets three times per week at ETHOS’s outpatient treatment clinic in West Chester. Clients typically participate for six to eight weeks.

The ETHOS-proven model of individual counseling, small group, and family therapy for the treatment of substance use disorders in adults maximizes the potential for long-term, sustainable recovery. ETHOS also helps people with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mood regulation issues.

In addition to the Women’s Trauma Group, ETHOS offers groups specifically for first responders, men who have experienced trauma, individuals struggling with alcohol, those with gambling disorder issues, as well as a new LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Group.

ETHOS’s outpatient treatment centers are located in Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Collegeville, Broomall, Jenkintown, West Chester, and Wyomissing.

ETHOS Treatment Launches LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Group for Mental Health/Substance Disorder Healing

Online Group for Adults Led by West-Chester-Based Olivia Houser

WEST CHESTER, PA — ETHOS Treatment, LLC, which helps adults and teens with mental health issues and substance use disorders through a proven combination of individual counseling, small group, and family therapy, is now offering an LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Group.

Though ETHOS has outpatient treatment clinics in Philadelphia, West Chester, Plymouth Meeting, Collegeville, Broomall, Jenkintown, and Wyomissing, the new group will meet online to better serve people throughout the region who identify as LGBTQIA+ with a mental health issue, a substance use disorder, or both.

“We stand with all people who are taking steps to create a society in which everyone can live authentically and proudly,” says ETHOS Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer A. Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW.

“ETHOS has always provided safe, gender-affirming, and culturally competent care for our clients in the LGBTQIA+ community,” says Olivia “Liv” Houser, MA, the clinician who leads the new telehealth initiative. “In our group, we will continue to compassionately address members’ unique needs and experiences while helping them continue along the path to healing from substance use disorder and/or mental health issues.”

Houser, who is based in ETHOS’s West Chester, Pa. treatment center, received her master’s in mental health counseling from Immaculata University. She has extensive experience working with young adults, adults, couples, and families dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions and has spoken on panels for “Be a Part of the Conversation” pertaining to LGBTQIA+ and substance abuse. She utilizes psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, experiential, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and psychodynamic theory.

The ETHOS-proven model of individual counseling, small group, and family therapy for the treatment of substance use disorders in adults maximizes the potential for long-term, sustainable recovery. ETHOS also helps people with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mood regulation issues.

In addition to the LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Group, ETHOS offers groups specifically for first responders and men who have experienced trauma.